Top Designers Are Refusing To Dress Melania Trump As First Lady
Who is dressing Melania Trump? You would think that it would be an honor to dress the first lady of the United States, but for many designers, it is not. The president has many views that have not sat right with many members of the fashion community. Just recently, Zac Posen voiced his opposition to dressing Melania and many designers would side with him. Tommy Hilfiger and Carolina Herrera both said they would dress her. Zac Posen has no interest in including politics in his fashion, he says,
"Right now, I'm staying away from bringing my brand into politics. There are issues that are being questioned that are fundamentally upsetting to me — deeply: LGBT rights, immigration, funding for the arts, Planned Parenthood, and women's rights."
Designer, Sophie Theallet, has been very vocal about not wanting to dress Trump. She even wrote a letter urging other designers not to dress the first lady.
"As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady," she said. "The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband's presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by," she wrote. "I encourage my fellow designers to do the same."
Among some of the designers that would dress Trump, Carolina Herrera is one of them.
"Of course, I will. As the first lady of this country, I will. Of course. It is an honor to dress the first ladies of the country and it's something to do for the United States. It's not for myself. It's for the public," she said during a Women's Leadership Council event in NYC.